By Abdullah Salem.
The controversial governor of Ninawa, Atheel al-Nujaifi, talks about why he thinks elections were postponed and how the current security crisis could be solved.
After Iraqi army forces raided a camp filled with Sunni Muslim protestors in Hawija, a town near the troubled northern city of Kirkuk, there’s been a wave of unrest and violence in Iraq. The Iraqi army is seen to support the Shiite Muslim-led government while the protestors, mainly Sunni Muslim, were calling for justice and demonstrating against the fact they feel they have been sidelined by the current government.
Protestors in Ninawa have continued to demonstrate and the ensuing chaos has led to fears that Iraq might be seeing a resurgence of the deadly sectarian violence that plagued the country between 2005 and 2008.
The controversial Sunni Muslim governor of Ninawa, Atheel al-Nujaifi, has plenty of criticism for the government forces currently overseeing his troubled state. He believes they are not respecting the Iraqi Constitution and that mostly, what they’re doing is simply about carrying out agendas set by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who heads a fragile, mainly Shiite Muslim coalition government.
Al-Nujaifi has his own ideas on how the current security crisis in one of Iraq’s most restless areas, can be solved and he told NIQASH all about them.
NIQASH: The events in Hawija, where the Iraqi army attacked a camp full of Sunni Muslim protestors and killed many, have led to a rise in violent incidents around the country. Mosul is still one of Iraq’s most dangerous cities and it is of particular concern because it has such diverse ethnic makeup. Is the city heading toward security chaos?